Edinburgh housing project the second to be catalogued for future build guidance

A HOUSING development that has just received planning permission is to have its energy efficiency credentials catalogued as part of an ongoing research project operating in Edinburgh.

The 28 two-storey terraced houses and 112 flats in four-storey tenement-style blocks are to be built on vacant land in the south-east, Greendykes, area of the city.

They are being hailed as both ‘affordable’ and ‘net (carbon emissions) zero’ – built in a factory setting – and constitute the second of three so-called Edinburgh Home Demonstrator developments (the first being in the Granton area of Edinburgh).

The EHD is aiming to create a body of open-source guidance for future ‘affordable, net zero’ homes.

Says a media release issued by the innovation centre, Built Environment – Smarter Transformation (formerly Construction Scotland Innovation Centre), here: “The Scottish Government-backed [EHD] programme has engaged a community of research and development experts to develop a catalogue of house types with the goal of demonstrating how we can create and set a new standard for affordable, net zero carbon homes at scale across the six local authorities within the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal Region.”

The partners involved in the project are the Scottish Government, Scottish Futures Trust, Offsite Solutions Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University, the University of Edinburgh, The City of Edinburgh Council and BE-ST.

The announcement continues: “Anderson Bell + Christie Architects were appointed by Urban Union, housing developer and principal contractors, to create the plans for the Greendykes development on behalf of The City of Edinburgh Council.

Donaldson Timber Systems and Robertson Timber Engineering will deliver the offsite manufactured elements.”

Picture credit: Edinburgh Home Demonstrator

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